A couple of weeks ago, we picked apples…
And in addition of eating these beauties straight from the basket as they are, I have used them in cakes. Lots of cakes, in fact. I have made apple pies, apple cakes, a failed apple sheet cake and a classic Norwegian klippekrans. But I have also made my favorite apple tart. It is ridiculously simple and takes few minutes to knock together. It is completely without eggs, and its main ingredients should be found in every cupboard.
Ingredients for one cake (or roughly six generous portions):
For the dough:
220 g flour
50 g sugar (white or light brown)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of 1/2 orange or lemon
120 g butter
2-3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon honey
For the filling:
2-3 apples, (depending on the size of the tart pan)
Mix the dry elements and zest in a large bowl. Cut butter into small pieces, roughly 1cm3 in size. Add the butter to the bowl and mix together until the largest chunks of butter are smaller than a pea.
In a small bowl, mix honey and water. Add the mixture to the dough and quickly work it together until the dough just holds together. (If you overwork the dough, it will become tough and dry.)
If you choose to use a mixer, first add half of the butter to the dry elements and mix until the butter is dispersed. Add the rest of the butter and mix until the chunks of butter are smaller than a pea. Dribble with the honey and water mixture while mixing, and stop just when the dough looks smooth.
Cover the dough in cling film and let it refrigerate for 30 min – 1 hour.
Take the dough out of the fridge and let it rest for some minutes on the worktop while preparing the filling. Peel, core and finely slice the apples. Set aside. Heat oven to 190℃.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 5 mm thick circle, and place into a greased tart pan or spring form. (I recommend spring forms, as they make it easier to remove the cake later). Place the apple slices neatly into the pan. Start with the outer row, and work inwards. Drizzle the apples with cinnamon and sugar, and place in the middle of the oven. Let it bake for 20 – 30 min, or until the dough is golden and the apples look baked.
Let the tart cool on a rack before eating with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.